GEFONT, Nepal, 8 Oct 2015 - GEFONT Trade Union Policy Institute (TUPI) organised an interaction program “ Promotion of Readymade clothes industry for Decent Work Creation” marking the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW)./Delegates from Labour and Employment Ministry, Labour Department, Readymade clothes industries’ organization, Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industries ( FNCCI) and trade union confederations attended the program.
The Japan Times, 5 Oct 2015 - The average monthly pay among workers in Japan in August rose 0.5 percent from a year earlier to ¥272,382 ($2,270), up for the second consecutive month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report on Monday.
Dawn, Pakistan, 4 Oct 2015 - The All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union on Saturday announced holding a countrywide protest on Oct 7 against the proposed privatisation of the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco).
The highlights and new features on this AP-IRNet newsletter include: Two featured publications: Minimum wage and its relevance to socio-economic progress in the Lao People's Democratic Republic : A workers' perspective; Myanmar garment sub-sector value chain analysis; As well as updated news on industrial relations issues in the region.
This paper examines empirical aspects of the regulatory and institutional frameworks and the process of minimum wage adjustment in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, as well as its actual implementation in different sectors – private, public and informal. Included is a review of collective bargaining coverage to measure how such agreements affect wage increases. It also analyses the relationship between the minimum wage and certain socio-economic developments, such as gross domestic product growth rates, consumer price indices, inflation rates, employment trends, the national and international poverty lines, labour productivity and social security coverage. The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is undergoing rapid demographic growth and urbanization, which is creating challenges in employment, especially for youth, women and rural migrants. This trend will trigger an increase in salaried workers in non-agriculture sectors and urban areas. With a potential for faster and bigger economic expansion, the minimum wage system becomes a central stage for policy development related to employment, living standards, poverty reduction and social security. A visionary minimum wage policy would serve as a basis for an inclusive economic growth model for the country, with better jobs and shared prosperity. The country needs to establish a solid minimum wage fixing mechanism that is supported by all essential services and statistics from a standing institution. This case study provides insights to tripartite partners in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and abroad on minimum wage fixing and aims to generate a debate on the minimum wage system. With no other apparent research on the minimum wage in the country, this paper’s analysis should be useful for further studies on wages and relevant policies.
Following the repeal of European and American export sanctions on Myanmar, the country’s garment sector is now experiencing new levels of growth. The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) reports that new garment factories are opened every week, and the number of workers involved in the industry is forecasted to grow from the current 260,000 employees to 600,0001 in the next three years.
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